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Bryan Bariatric Advantage, Weight Loss Surgery

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

Obesity is now a global epidemic.

With the struggle to overcome weight problems many are now looking at weight loss surgery, that option is offered right here in Lincoln.

Manny Gallegos looks much different than he did a year ago, he's lost 140 pounds.

In December, the 29–year–old underwent weight loss surgery.

Gallegos says, "I do see the difference in the mirror.  At first it was almost like shock, who is this person, it's not what I'm use to."

Bryan Health has been doing different types of bariatric surgery for nearly two years.

"The surgery is not just a small fix, it's for a lifetime," explains Dr. Armour Forse.

Bryan Bariatric Advantage has helped patients lose a combined 6,000 pounds.

Forse says, "It's been exciting for me to see people get their lives back."

That's what Gallegos did, he says he chose surgery because of his young kids.

"Being able to really enjoy being active with them and running around and not having to worry about taking a break," explains Gallegos.

Bryan Bariatric Advantage not only does the procedure, but meets with the patients before and after.

Everyone is required to work with a dietician and exercise specialist.

"They just broke everything down and made it all simple," says Gallegos.

Registered Dietician, Ashley Larson, says, "With surgery, it's that tool to help them lose weight and help them get that new life."

For Gallegos, weight isn't the only change.

His new life includes better sleep and his back pain and acid reflex are gone.

"I didn't realize how much pain I was in until I wasn't in pain," says Gallegos.

Dr. Forse says the surgeries have an 80 percent success rate and the risks are relatively low.

Anyone interested must struggle to lose weight and be working under medically supervised weight management.

For more information go to www.bryanhealth.org/bariatrics
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